I have to admit that when I read the book description, I wasn't eager to read the story at all because of the death and dying concept. I know me when I read books--I get smitten by the characters and then of course I want everything to go well for them. So of course I don't want them to suffer.
However, Stanley is one of my favorite authors and I'm so glad I read this book because not only do the characters go through the rough parts but they get to the other side. No, not the death side, but the other side of the rough where it's smooth. So, yes, of course, Stanley delivered a story where both characters live to tell the rest of their romantic tale.
Onto the story, starring the long-time lovers Louis and Jesse. They both work at a Voodoo shop in NOLA. Louis has grown up with this tradition all his life and had turned his back on it long ago. When Jesse's cancer comes back full force post-remission, they both arrive at a crossroads. Jesse has a choice to fight for his life or die. Louis has a choice to either do something that he no longer believes in or slay his past demons.
Told in first person, I immersed into the story easily and was on the brink of tears a couple of times. As with other stories of Stanley's, this one was also a one-sit read. Can't help it. Captures me every time. So if you're up for a humorous yet sad yet uplifting story, this one's for you. Highly Recommended.